The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament invites you to a conference on "How GMO-free labelling of food products can contribute to increase GMO-free supplies for animal feed", co-hosted by MEPs José Bové, Jill Evans and Bart Staes.
The conference will look at whether voluntary GMO-free labelling of food products can contribute to increase GMO-free supplies for animal feed, and under which conditions.
Food products that contain GMOs must be labelled in the EU. But this obligation has not been imposed on animal products from animals that have been fed with GMOs.
The consequence of this legal vacuum is that the food industry imports millions of tonnes of GMOs to feed EU animals without any information to the consumers. Besides, producers that do not want to use GMO feed, but are still dependent on soybean or maize imports, find it increasingly difficult and expensive to get GMO-free feed. For consumers' to have a real choice to avoid GMOs in their food, it is imperative to ensure sufficient availability of GMO-free supplies.
For a few years now, some Member States (Austria, France, Germany) have taken legislative steps to allow for GMO-free labelling, and some companies have begun labelling animal products.
During the conference, we will share some GMO-free producers' experiences, technical difficulties and results. We will also discuss the different EU laws on GMO-free labelling and how they are consistent. And look at the ways to speed up adoption of meaningful GMO-free labels in all EU countries.
The conference programme will include 2 panels:
Introduction: GMO-Free labelling: Respect the right to choose of the consumers
Jill Evans MEP
15:15 - 16:45
PANEL 1: GMO-free labelling: producers and consumers' perspective. Experiences of GMO-free labelling in Austria, France, Germanyand other EU countries: testimonies of producers on theirsuccesses, technical difficulties.
Moderation: Jill Evans MEP
Debate with the audience
17:00 – 18:15
PANEL 2: GMO-free « regulators »: how to encourage EU countries to adopt meaningful labelling measures?
1) State of play and perspectives
2) Comparison and compatibility of the existing national laws
3) EC perspective
4) Perspectives for improvement
Moderation: Bart Staes
Conclusions and Perspectives